Don’t Delay care after a Car Accident

Don’t Delay care after a Car Accident

By Dr. Jennifer Green

The human body was not designed to handle the sudden impact and force that most automobile accidents can generate.Even a low-speed crash can cause lasting damage to the neck and back. In stressful situations, our bodies release adrenaline, dopamine and norepinephrine to cope with the shock and trauma that may mask the pain.

Being involved in an accident, even a minor one, causes some type of initial shock. Nobody is ever prepared to be in an accident, and even if you realize it’s going to happen and cannot prevent it, you are still pretty shocked right after it occurs. If you are not in immediate pain after your accident, it may not cross your mind to see a chiropractor. However, if you are injured and do not realize it, not being treated could hurt you in the long run. When you seek immediate chiropractic care after a motor vehicle collision, you could avoid years of chronic pain.

Not all car accident injuries are immediately apparent; the body will go into survival mode, releasing endorphins that mask your pain.Many accidents cause harm to the joints, ligaments, and other internal issues in the body which can lead to significant pain, reduced range of motion, and other future problems. One of the most common car accident injuries that may take 24 hours or more to present symptoms is whiplash.

Common symptoms of whiplash include blurred vision, neck stiffness, headaches, dizziness, and tingling in the extremities. When you see a chiropractor immediately following your accident, they will be able to diagnose and treat whiplash symptoms early on. This is the best way to avoid the worst of the pain and to have the injury resolved, so it does not linger into the future.

Chiropractors promote pain management without the use of addictive pain medications. By utilizing non-invasive chiropractic adjustments and corrective exercises to strengthen muscles, we are able to reduce pain from car accident injuries and promote the body’s natural ability to heal. Chiropractic adjustments help to realign the spine and joints, which reduces pain and promotes healing.

If you are in a car accident see a chiropractor to get you out of pain and help you heal properly. Through chiropractic care you can avoid the use of harmful painkillers, surgeries, and avoid future problems.

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Car Accidents

Car Accidents

By Dr. Jennifer Green

Car accidents happen. Consulting a chiropractor after the accident should always be one of your first steps. Even if you are not feeling any pain. Delays in the onset of pain are very common. Joint injuries in auto accidents may cause post-traumatic osteoarthritis, which is a speeding up of the arthritis process and develops at an earlier age than in people who have not had traumas relating to automobile accidents.

Often times, injuries suffered during an auto accident cannot be seen externally, such as soft tissue injuries (injuries to muscles, ligaments and discs) and can heal with scar tissue, which can ache years later. This damage to the spine can lead to recurring headaches, neck pain, stiffness, chronic muscle tension and spasms, lower back pain, spinal disc degeneration, inflamed arthritis, sore and tight inflexible muscles, greater chance of repeat injury and contribute to poor posture.

Most people assume that injuries only occur during high-speed accidents, but a change in speed of just 2-3 miles per hour during an accident can cause injuries. When the body goes through a trama like an auto accident, the muscles naturally spasm as a protective mechanism.

Additionally, the actual spinal cord and/or nerve roots in the neck can get stretched and irritated causing even more pain that we call “radiculopathy.” All of this damage and instability can result in pain in the entire neck (cervical spine), mid-back (thoracic spine) and even the low back (lumbar spine).

When you treat an injury like this right away, you are putting the body in the best possible position to heal and recover quickly.Chiropractors can help put the spine in line and help the body start healing right away. Chiropractors also help relieve pain and can provide exercises that can act as physical therapy for injuries.

Foreman & Croft, Whiplash Injuries: Cervical Acceleration/Deceleration Syndrome, 3rd Ed., Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2002.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Demographics for this article and statistics for this article are taken from

Demographics – rheumatoid arthritis affects women more than men, 3:1, 30 to 60 years of age, and is more likely if you have a family member who already has arthritis.

Symptoms – common symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis are symmetrical joint pain, fatigue, malaise, fever, and joint destruction.

Allopathic diagnosis – allopathic diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis is based on three main factors: lab tests including positive rheumatoid factor, positive CCP, positive erythrocyte sedimentation rate, positive C-reactive protein, positive ANA, radiographs showing doing joint destruction, and positive physical diagnosis tests.

Allopathic treatment – allopathic treatment for arthritis generally involves four things. It involves nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories, corticosteroids, disease modifying antirheumatic drugs, and surgery. Side effects of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs include liver damage, heart problems, upset stomach, and kidney damage. Side effects of corticosteroids are like swelling, weight gain, increased blood pressure, mood swings, diabetes, increased infection risk, and osteoporosis. Disease-modifying antirheumatic drug side effects include liver damage and increased risk for infection. Side effects of surgery include possible infection, irreversible changes in the body, and even death (rare, but a severe side-effect).

Natural treatment of patients with arthritis – natural treatment of patients with rheumatoid arthritis includes what we call a Triad approach. This means that we address structural issues, biochemical issues, and emotional issues.

Structural issues are addressed with chiropractic, massage, physiotherapy including rehabilitation exercises and exercise in general.

Biochemical issues of patients with rheumatoid arthritis include addressing gastrointestinal issues such as gastrointestinal function and food sensitivities as diagnosed by blood saliva or elimination, immune system issues such as chronic and stealth infections, hormonal issues such as thyroid and adrenal problems, and inflammation in general including the Cox two pathway.

Emotional issues with patients are dealt with in an effort to decrease stress hormones and inflammation in general. It includes addressing external factors, meaning factors affecting the patient from the outside, internal factors, what we call autosuggestion, stress hormones, lack of exercise, and stress reduction techniques such as meditation.

Results – using a triad approach to handling patients with rheumatoid arthritis addresses the three key areas that cause inflammation and joint destruction. Only by addressing these three areas can we get a truly holistic approach to dealing with patients with arthritis. In my own practice, I have seen that patients who deal with rheumatoid arthritis holistically have no side effects and are overall much happier with their care than they are with medical care for rheumatoid arthritis. Typical results are 60-80% improvement over 3-6 months as long as patients continue to adhere to their nutritional programs.

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A Triad Approach to Stress


Most people know that stress has a very bad effect on health. When we talk about de-stressing we conjure up images of meditation and yoga and chanting om and things like that. But to really recover from the effects of stress, we have to take what’s called a triad approach to stress. So what is a triad approach?

A triad approach is when we recognize that stress affects the body and is affected by three main sources. Those sources are structural problems, biochemical and nutritional problems, and emotional issues.

To deal with structural problems, we primarily use chiropractic, massage, and exercise, including specific rehabilitation exercises.

To deal with biochemical and nutritional issues, we recognize that stress causes organ dysfunctions and nutritional deficiencies as seen in our general talk on nutrition response testing. Stress specifically robs us of our B vitamins and vitamin C, our minerals especially calcium, magnesium, potassium and iodine; it raises stress hormones that adversely affect the adrenal, thyroid, and liver, and also affects the gastrointestinal tract and digestion, as well as suppressor immune function. All these issues must be dealt with with proper diet and nutritional supplementation.

Once we have dealt with the structural and biochemical issues of stress, emotional issues tend to be dealt with easier. Everybody knows that if you’re stressed out and anxious, hungry, tired and not sleeping, you’re going to have trouble dealing with emotional issues. But once we deal with structural issues such as pain, and biochemical issues mentioned above, stress becomes much easier to deal with. In fact, I found that not dealing with the structural and biochemical issues makes it so that emotional issues keep on coming up. I mean how are you supposed to feel good if you’re in constant pain? How are you supposed to feel good if you have a neurotransmitter deficiency in your brain is constantly sending out stress signals? These issues must be dealt with first.

The reason behind this can be explained by looking at stress as a subjective experience. This subjective experience of stress causes the body to release stress hormones such as cortisol and additionally has an impact on the brain, stimulating brain waves to speed up and cause what is called an acute stress state. This acute stress state causes further neurochemical changes that makes biochemical imbalances worse. To cool down this whole situation you work backwards. You handle the biochemical imbalances which takes stress off the brain. From there the brain wave pattern can change and stress hormones become lessened. This in turn decreases your subjective experience of stress so you can see life differently and as a result, you become freer to act and react differently.

Emotional issues can be broken up into two different areas, external factors, and their internal factors. External factors means things from the outside affecting us; such as job, family life, finances, and social media. Internal factors have to do with our views on things. We also call this autosuggestion. Basically, whether we think we can, or can’t, we are right. Whether we think we are a good person or a bad person, we are right. Whether we think we are deserving or undeserving, we are right. Basically, recognizing negative emotional patterns tends to bring them to light, and releases our pent-up energy from them. Recognizing external issues and internal issues is key. Once we recognize these issues, I usually tell people to develop a daily de-stressing routine. There basically two ways to do this. I find that most people do well with low-level aerobic exercise such as walking, especially while looking around at nature and focusing on the external, and meditation. On another talk I’ll go and more about the specifics of how to meditate for stress reduction. Both these things, low-level intensity exercise such as walking outside, and meditation, will lower stress hormones, so that we feel less stressed, and therefore react in a less stressful manner. People who want to destress, need to incorporate both techniques.

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The 10 Commandments of Chiropractic and Nutrition

Do you ever notice how sometimes your chiropractic adjustments just don’t “hold” as well as other ones?  You get adjusted, and feel better for a day, or a few hours, but the pain comes back?  If this sounds like you, then listen up to the Top 10 Chiropractic Nutrition Commandments!

  1. Don’t eat processed sugar! Everyone knows that sugar is bad for you (yes, even a little bit), but what most people don’t know is that sugar is terribly inflammatory, in other words, it will cause you not to hold your adjustments!  Cut it out!
  2. Cut way way back on all grains! Grains turn to sugar in your body very quickly, causing inflammation.  Most people are slightly to severely sensitive to grains, meaning that they don’t process them well in their body, creating more inflammation. Grains also tend to aggravate autoimmune conditions. Lastly, grains turn to sugar so quickly in the body that they tend to feed the “bugs” in our body, such as bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites.  Scientists are now finding out that chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, and all autoimmune diseases are linked to a chronic infection in the body.  Cutting out grains helps fight these infections.
  3. Cut out (or way way down) on pasteurized dairy. Pasteurized dairy is very difficult for the body to process.  Cutting way down on it helps with many problems, such as the inability to hold adjustments, asthma, skin conditions, allergies, and so on.
  4. Drink enough water. People need between ½ gallon, and 1 gallon per day of water.  If you have pain, and you drink less than ½ gallon per day, increasing it to ¾ gallon per day for 2 weeks usually helps immensely.
  5. Lose the weight! Every 1 pound extra on the front of your body puts 10 pounds of pressure on your spine.  This is especially true for your low back.  Even 10 pounds weight loss makes a huge difference.
  6. Get moving! Regular exercise cuts pain by up to 50%!  And it doesn’t matter where you hurt, if you have shoulder or arm pain, walking or biking helps.  Any exercise helps all body pain!
  7. Do therapeutic exercises! If you have any question about what exercises you should be doing, you can watch them , or ask us when you come in for your next visit!
  8. Get enough vitamin D. By now, everyone knows that they need to have enough vitamin D.  Have your levels tested, and supplement as needed.  Vitamin D, when deficient, will lower your absorption of calcium, making it impossible to hold your adjustment.
  9. Get enough (good quality) calcium. Unlike vitamin D, blood tests do not show how much calcium is in your muscles, only your blood.  There is a muscle reflex test that shows when you need more calcium in your tissues.  We use Calcium Lactate with our patients (other calcium supplements don’t work nearly as well, and at the doses you need to take them, they can be dangerous!).  Like I said in #8, low calcium in the muscles will make it impossible to hold an adjustment.
  10. Get enough sleep. Lack of sleep makes everything worse.  95% of people need 7-9 hours per night for optimum health.

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Intro to Drugless Healing – What Put Chiropractic On the Map

What put chiropractic on the map? Chiropractic is an interesting subject, and also a relatively new healing method. There is nothing more interesting to me than drugless healing. Did you know that Chiropractic is the largest drugless healing method in the world?

Many people go to chiropractors, but many others still have not experienced this method of healing. In this blog post I would like to discuss a little bit about the history of chiropractic. How did it become so successful and well-known?

The first chiropractic patient was cured of his deafness in 1895 by the first chiropractor, D.D. Palmer. You can read his story here.

After that Dr. Palmer began to train others, and the chiropractic method began to spread. People began to report amazing recoveries and results.

But what really put chiropractic on the map is its incredible successc treating influenza patients during the Epidemic of 1918. Take a look at chiropractic’s great statistics helping influenza patients in this link.

Chiropractic remains one of the safest, most effective methods of health care. And chiropractic is not just for neck and back pain. Did you know, we have seen patients get well from infertility, bladder infections, carpal tunnel, insomnia, and have even stopped smoking, just from getting adjusted?

And here is my food journal for the last couple of days:

Monday 1/31/17

8:30 AM: 2 cups of coffee with heavy cream, 2 pieces of meatloaf, celery w/hummus (4)

12:30 PM: more meatloaf with Oasis ketchup (4)

3 PM: SP berry bar (20)

6:30 PM: slice of sourdough cinnamon raisin break with butter (Malinda brought it for me, I couldn’t resist) (12)

8:15 PM: Cesar salad with cheesesteak meat from Pasquale’s (10 maybe?)

total carbs: 50

Tuesday 2/1/17

8AM: coffee with cream

9AM: 1 hamburger (plain, no bun), guacamole, carrot and hummus (4), celery and pb (4)

12:30 PM: SP berry bar (20)

2:45 PM: Latte from Lemon St. Market, 6 oz. jerusalem artichoke soup (maybe 18 g of carbs?), slice gf bread with butter (12), SP chocolate (4), tuna salad

7 PM: Dinner at DipCo! 1 martini (10), 1 greek salad with blackened catfish (0), stuffed mushroom caps (0?)

Total carbs – 72

Man looks shocked; have you heard this chiropractic myths?

6 Chiropractic Myths EVERYONE Wonders About

If you’ve heard about chiropractic doctors, chances are you’ve heard at least one of the many chiropractic myths.

Read on for the truth!


Myth #1:

Once you start seeing a chiropractor, you need to see them for life.


Most people start seeing a chiropractor for a specific pain in their body, and see quick improvement.  My patients also notice that they tend to sleep better, digest better, and get sick much less often.

As a result, when they are healed of whatever brought them into my office, they tend to still like to get regular adjustments (between once a month, and once a week).  Some decide to only be seen when they have “problems”.  How often a person gets adjusted is always up to them.


Myth #2:

Chiropractors “crack” bones.


Chiropractors NEVER crack bones!

This is what I thought before I saw a chiropractor, and nearly stopped me from seeing him!  Thank God I didn’t give in to my fear, and saw the chiropractor!  I’d still be in pain today if I didn’t!

A chiropractic adjustment creates traction in joints, just like when you “crack” your knuckles, or open a can of soda.  There is gas under pressure in the fluid in your joints.  When this negative pressure/traction is applied to a joint, the gas escapes, causing an audible “pop”.

It’s the traction of the joint that resets the nerve fibers as they come out of the joint, which stops pain, and increases function.  The “pop” is just a cool side effect.  Within about 20 minutes, the gas re-enters the fluid in between the joints. So a chiropractic adjustment is perfectly safe, it just sounds scary.


Myth #3:

Chiropractors are not “Real” Doctors


We’re real doctors all right, but we’re specialists in spinal and bone health and injuries.

Just like you wouldn’t see a chiropractor if you had a cut, or a bone break, or a bad infection, you wouldn’t see an MD for most pain syndromes (although unfortunately, a lot of people still do, hence the epidemic of painkiller addiction and multiple surgery syndrome in our country).

The truth is, Medical Doctors and Chiropractors have roughly the same number of classroom hours.  It’s just that the Medical Doctors focus on Immunology, Pharmacology, and Surgery, while Chiropractors focus on Kinesiology (the study of movement), Chiropractic Manipulations and Adjustments.  Here’s a couple of websites you can see the exact breakdown of our respective educations:


Myth #4:

Chiropractic adjustments hurt


Hardly anyone ever says that their Chiropractic Adjustments hurt-they wouldn’t be coming back if they did!

People who haven’t been adjusted THINK that Adjustments hurt based on the noise they sometimes make, but like I explained above, this is nothing to be concerned with.

The most people tend to feel is a stretching sensation in the area being adjusted, but that’s about it.


Myth #5:

Chiropractic is expensive.


Chiropractic is way cheap compared to drugs and surgery (and way more effective too!)  A chiropractic adjustment costs less than a person’s copay most of the time.  There’s been numerous studies showing how much cheaper chiropractic is then drugs and surgery.

The one I like best is this quote “A prospective cohort study of Washington state workers found that 1.5% of workers who saw a Chiropractor first for work related back pain review later had surgery, compared to 42.7% of those who first saw a surgeon.” Keeney BJ, Fulton-Kehoe D, Turner JA, Wickizer TM, Chan KC, Franklin GM. Early predictors of lumbar spine surgery after occupational back injury: results from a prospective study of workers in Washington State. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). May 15 2013;38(11):953-964.

Here’s a link to a bunch of different study summaries:


Myth #6:

Chiropractic can cause stroke.


This one has been around for a while.  The debate rages on and on.  I just reviewed the web, and everyone has their own opinions.

Mostly, people who are obviously biased against chiropractic say yes, while people who are pro-chiropractic say no.

Even totally conservative Web MD says the if there even is a correlation, you’re 500x more likely to die following neck surgery, 53x more likely to die from narcotics given for neck pain, and 153x more likely to die if you take NSAID’s for neck pain.  That’s freakin’ WebMD!

So here’s my take on it, and my experience with strokes:

About 10 years ago, I had an sweet elderly lady come into my office pleading with me to adjust her neck because it hurt so much (in the beginning stages of a stroke, people often have neck or head pain, that, guess what?  They go to the chiropractor for !).

Normally, I would’ve just adjusted her.  But using kinesiology, her body said that her neck did not need to be adjusted, so I refused.

That night, she had a massive stroke, resulting in balance issues, and an inability to speak.

The point is, if I had adjusted her, I would’ve been blamed!  I really think that chiropractors get blamed for causing strokes, when really the case is that the person was already having a stroke.

I read that you’re twice as likely to have a stroke after a visit to your MD.  Does that mean that MDs cause strokes?

Not at all!

It just means that the two events happened close to one another, like my patient seeing me.

There’s a saying that says “Correlation does not mean causation”.  I think this is the case with chiropractic.


As you can see, there are many chiropractic myths.

But the truth is found it our results! Find out for yourself today what chiropractic can do for you: call (717) 392-6606 to book your appointment!


93% of patients with chronic whiplash pain who have failed medical and physical therapy care improve with chiropractic adjustments. (Injury, 1996)

Chiropractic is THE BEST therapy for whiplash injuries. It’s criminal that doctors don’t prescribe it first. And it’s a pity that more people don’t see chiropractors for these types of injuries. Please tell anyone you know who has a whiplash injury to see a chiropractor first.

It’s also useful to know that in Pennsylvania, if you are injured in any way involving a car (whether it’s your car or not…whether you were at fault or not, even if you smash your thumb in the door, for example), YOUR own auto insurance is responsible to pay based on the medical benefit you bought on your policy. And you can seek care from the health care provider of your choice. Make the smart choice to avoid chronic pain…choose chiropractic! Just call our office and we will help you…(717) 392-6606.

Here is my food journal for the last several days:

Monday June 27, 2016

7:00 AM: coffee with butter, 3 pcs of turkey sausage

10:00 AM: 1 apple with pb

5:00 PM: 2 chicken sausages

8:00 PM: potato chips, hummus & carrots

8:45 PM: coconut milk & whey protein

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

6:00 AM: coffee with butter

7:30 AM: coffee with half and half, scrambled eggs, creamed chipped beef

2:30 PM: carrots & hummus, celery & pb

4:00 PM: SP berry bar

9:00 PM: chicken meatballs

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

7:30 AM: coffee with butter

8:00 AM: more chicken meatballs, carrots & hummus

2:00 PM: tuna salad from Lemon Street Market, 1/2 cucumber, sliced, 1/3 bar of stevia-sweetened dark chocolate

3:30: SP berry bar

8:00 PM: @ DipCo (Wing Night!) Greek salad with feta, cucumber, onion, spinach, artichoke, and black olives – Greek dressing. No roll! 1/2 dozen wings with Jamaican jerk sauce and blue cheese on the side w/celery, 1 Murphy’s Irish stout



Pain Relief

Both Acupuncture and Chiropractic are well known for how effectively they provide pain relief; unfortunately one of the most common causes of musculoskeletal pain is motor vehicle accidents. Whether you are a driver, passenger, pedestrian or bicyclist and you have been involved in an automobile collision, there are options to help you get care.

In the state of Pennsylvania, any medical bills resulting from the motor vehicle accident are paid for by Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance. Pennsylvania requires at least $5,000 in PIP coverage for you, and all passengers in your car. Most importantly, you are allowed to seek care from the health care practitioner of your choice, including chiropractors and acupuncturists.

When it comes to a motor vehicle accident, there is almost always a back injury involved.  People won’t always feel pain right away, but might start to experience symptoms a few days after the accident. The most commonly reported injuries are:

  • whiplash
  • low back pain
  • extremity pain with numbness or tingling
  • general muscle pain

Patients with whiplash may experience neck and shoulder pain and stiffness, headaches, trouble concentrating, dizziness, balance issues, restless sleep and irritability. Being involved in an auto collision also usually will have a large emotional component, it is important to address any resulting stress and anxiety.

Acupuncture helps relieve pain by releasing endorphins in the brain that block the transmission of pain signals, reducing inflammation and calming the autonomic nervous system. This helps the body relax and stimulates the healing processes. We combine traditional acupuncture with Trigger Point Therapy, a more aggressive, direct manipulation of the musculature that causes repeated, involuntary twitching, from the muscles that usually leads to an immediate reduction of the tightness and pain. Using TPT, we are able to directly target the tight areas in your body to help release the muscles and dissolve adhesions that cause pain. This allows for better circulation in the musculoskeletal system, increased range of motion and immediate pain relief.

Our staff in Lancaster can help navigate the process with the insurance companies so that you can focus on your treatments and the process of getting better.

Auto Accident Alert

We have recently seen an increase in patients seeking help for neck pain and back pain after an auto accident. It seems that driving in a car is one of the most dangerous things you can do. I have learned that the long-term effects of soft tissue injuries due to motor vehicle crashes (even at low speed) are one of the biggest public health problems today.

The best thing to do to avoid injuries from a motor vehicle crash is stay out of traffic altogether! This is one big reason I live above my office. However I realize this is not possible for many people. So here is an useful article on how to avoid an accident. But if you do get into a crash, and your injuries only seem minor, it is very important to see a chiropractor. Chiropractors are  equipped to relieve your pain and prevent the long-term effects such as arthritis.

Here is another very useful article that explains insurance procedures and the role of chiropractic if you have been involved in an auto accident: What You Should Know if You Have Been Involved in A Car Accident

If you are ever-so-slightly nerdy (like me) and would like to read up on whiplash injuries (or “Cervical Acceleration Deceleration Injuries”), here is an excellent web site with a ton of very well-researched data. For example this tidbit: 45% of persons with chronic neck pain attribute the pain to a past motor vehicle crash injury.

Most importantly, stay safe out there! It goes without saying, don’t text and drive (here’s what can happen if you do), stay off your phone, and watch out for the other guy who is not following the above advice. As they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!


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